Discussion Question 6 – Coursework Example
Sociology Discussion Questions Interactionist sociologists hold the argument that individuals will only act within the society, and the meaning of any of their activities is produced through socialization and interaction. The family, being an essential social unit provides the primary source of interaction and socialization. Gender identities develop because of the meanings that parents and the family have for each child. These meanings are demonstrated through naming, calling for names, moral and duties teaching, as well as chores allocation and stratification. The parents contribute to the learning of gender identity through their relationship with each child.
2. Hidden curriculum refers to all the information or teachings obtained in a classroom session that are not designated part of the official teaching tool. These teachings get embedded in the ‘taken for granted’ procedures and materials. Although the hidden curriculum is rarely examined, it helps bind the examinable information. In addition, it is the hidden curriculum that develops the students morally and socially in the process of learning.
3. Sociologists define religion as the human system of beliefs and practices through which groups of people struggle with the problem of human life. In this case, religion is a form of culture that has practices and beliefs that are specific and based on a ritualized system to provide the members with a sense of purpose. This is different from the common sense definition that regards religion as beliefs and practices that give meaning and direction to life. Sociologists are not concerned with whether the beliefs are true or false and how they are organized.
4. From a conflict perspective, the society is a dynamic entity that is always changing. A family is a unit in this society and even within a family class and status conflicts. Social life is a competition for the limited resources, and this is the heart of the social and even family relationships. From a functionalist perspective, the society is a complex entity which is constantly striving to attain equilibrium. The family as a unit in this society represents people brought together by common goals to achieve a similar level of equilibrium.
Henslin, James M. Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. , 2014. Print.